Corporate fundraising: September product round-up

first_imgCorporate fundraising: September product round-up Melanie May | 25 September 2017 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Vine House Farm & The Wildlife TrustsThe Wildlife Trusts are celebrating a 10-year partnership with Vine House Farm of working together for wildlife. By donating up to 5% of its sales for the past 10 years to The Wildlife Trusts, Vine House Farm, which sells bird seed and other wildlife food and products, has raised over £1,250,000 to support the Trusts’ wildlife conservation work.This image and main image © Nicholas Watts  106 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: corporate Donated goods Here are six of the products currently benefitting (or soon to) charities, from product tie-ins to donations of a percentage of sales, and also a donation of goods to support one charity’s work.Seabrook, Morrisons, & CLIC SargentSeabrook and Morrisons have come together to ‘Raise a Packet’ for Morrisons’ charity partner CLIC Sargent. They are offering 5p from the sale of six-pack crisps sold in stores between September 6 to September 26 to the charity with the aim of raising £30,000. All six-packs of crisps sold between September 6 and September 26 at Morrisons stores across the UK are included in the fundraising promotion. The Body Shop & India Bio-Bridges ProgrammeThe Body Shop has pledged to help protect the endangered Indian Elephant and Western Hoolock Gibbon with its latest Bio-Bridge project in Garo Hills, India. Every transaction during a two-month campaign from September will protect habitat for some of the world’s most threatened species, with one square metre of habitat protected per transaction. The India Bio-Bridges programme is part of The Body Shop’s existing commitment to protect and regenerate 75 million square metres of habitat as part of its Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment, launched last year. Through this programme to date, The Body Shop has protected more than 17.2 million square metres of habitat in Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. Bacofoil & Cakes 4 CasualtiesBacofoil is supporting local charity, Cakes 4 Casualties, by donating a supply of baking paper, foil and food bag products. Cakes 4 Casualties was set up by Kath Ryan in 2009 after she decided to bake cakes for the injured troops at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. Kath, also referred to as ‘the cake lady’, visits every week, as well as visiting those transferred to Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre once a month, to bring them a variety of cakes, including their favourite vanilla slices.  105 total views,  1 views today Author Michael Bearcroft & Hope for JusticeFormer football club chair, actor and author Michael Bearcroft has announced a new partnership with the charity Hope for Justice, which will see £1 from every sale of Bearcroft’s re-released novel Dangerous Score (£9.99, New Generation Publishing) go to the charity to help combat modern slavery. In the past three years, Hope for Justice has rescued 350 people from human trafficking in the UK and is actively working to help more. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Chipmunks & Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s CharityChildren’s footwear brand Chipmunks has partnered with Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. Under the partnership, Chipmunks is to introduce a new capsule collection, which will initially include the launch of an exclusive pair of wellingtons and slippers featuring the charity’s mascot, Marvin the Marvellous Crocodile. Ten per cent of all proceeds from these products will be donated to the charity. The lovable toothy character will also appear on all of Chipmunks’ shoeboxes. The wellies and slippers will be available later in the year at www.chipmunksfootwear.co.uk. And one more:last_img read more

Education workers organize the South

first_imgElon, N.C.Two years after voting by a 2-to-1 margin to unionize, on March 4 the embattled Elon Faculty Union finally forced the greedy administrators of Elon University to the bargaining table. EFU is Local 32 of the Service Employees Union, Workers United Southern Region.Students for an Equitable Elon stage a banner drop in March 2020, one of many direct actions in support of the Elon Faculty Union.A victory for all of usThe faculty union represents hundreds of adjunct and contingent faculty, a powerful presence of organized educators on this rural campus near Greensboro, N.C. The university sits in one of the most reactionary locales in the U.S., home to unusually violent voter suppression and family-separation actions by local law enforcement. U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, one of the leading architects of the Trump campaign to disrupt the 2020 presidential election, is a trustee of the university and was awarded Elon’s Medal for “Entrepreneurial Leadership” in 2017.But none of this was enough to overcome the power of a united working class.EFU’s victory came two days after a solidarity action by students of the Boldly Elon Solidarity Collective, a group of student organizations demanding racial, social and economic justice at the university. On March 2 during “Elon Day,” a major annual fundraiser, BESC staged protests around campus against the school’s union busting. Facing a well organized union and a campaign to withhold donations because of the university’s anti-worker stance, the uprising within the Elon community left university administrators with no choice but to bargain.Alamance attacks on union organizersThe victory at Elon — especially in the context of the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office’s racist attacks on voter registration, which included Elon organizers — must be seen in the historical context of efforts by the Communist Workers Party to organize textile mills there in the 1970s.On Nov. 3, 1979, five of those organizers were killed in Greensboro by the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazi Party and various federal and local law enforcement agencies. The dead included Sandra Neely Smith, a nurse and the former student body president of Bennett College — one of only two Historically Black Colleges for women. Others killed were  Dr. James Waller, Dr. Michael Nathan, William Evan Sampson and Cesar Cauce. Every day of struggle for Black liberation and worker power in North Carolina since 1979 has taken place in the context of this horrific attack. Union victories at Elon University — including a now-unionized School of Law — testify to the power of solidarity amid harsh conditions in North Carolina and throughout the South.Organizing the SouthOrganizing educators is an uphill battle in a state where collective bargaining for public workers is still banned. Called “the Jim Crow law” by the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, UE Local 150, the ban originated in legal segregation.But recent significant victories in the state in health care, education and public sector worker organizing — and the emergence of powerful worker organizations such as the Southern Workers Assembly and Durham Workers Assembly, an ally of the Elon Faculty Union — show the tide is turning in favor of workers across the South.On Sept. 19, 2020, National Nurses United won the “largest hospital union victory in the South since 1975” at Mission Hospital in Asheville. And in public education, the North Carolina Association of Educators has been largely successful in winning school shutdowns and early vaccine access to keep education workers — including teachers, facilities workers and administrative staff — safe as the pandemic rages on. The public sector generally has been well organized, with UE Local 150 in recent years winning a $15 an hour minimum wage for public employees, including those in school districts, municipalities and the UNC System. The victory at Elon ties together education workers in that public system and private universities across six contiguous counties through the central part of the state, creating a strong regional community of workers organizing against efforts by bosses, politicians and billionaires to dominate these institutions.A victory over systemic white supremacyWhite supremacy — which pervades every aspect of life in the U.S. — can be especially sharp in private education. Many of the gains of the Civil Rights Movement to ensure adequate access to people of color end up interpreted through boards of trustees and presidents, who approach the university as if it were a real estate company or the research arm of a corporation guarded by a private police force. In defiance of antidiscrimination law, U.S. universities continue to offer high paying jobs with benefits and job security disproportionately to white men. At Elon University, while the majority of full-time faculty are still men, the majority of part-time adjunct faculty are women and gender-oppressed people — with similar sharp disparities existing across lines of nationality as well. By exercising the maximum achievable discrimination at every stage of the educational process, from admissions to costs to hiring, private universities preserve white patriarchal supremacy while cultivating the appearance of “diversity” or “inclusion” through the use of adjunct instructors.Unionization offers higher pay, better benefits and better job security for adjuncts, limiting the university’s ability to divide and conquer classroom instructors by race and gender. Student organization, faculty unionization and community solidarity all limit the university’s discriminatory capacities and offer the promise of education by workers for workers — a threatening prospect to the anti-Black, anti-woman and anti-worker status quo.Next stepsAs the EFU prepares to negotiate at Elon, pressure has not let up. Elon dining and physical plant staff, alongside the Boldly Elon Solidarity Collective, are now demanding hazard pay for campus workers. This recognizes that all workers — not just adjunct faculty — have shared interests against their greedy administration. Students have demanded the resignation of Police Chief Joseph LeMire. He left his last job as campus top cop at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2019, after going along with neo-Nazis who attempted to disrupt a Jewish community event. Throughout North Carolina communities, the working class continues to unite and challenge the white supremacist, sexist operations of university management. And as EFU’s organizing committee leader Anna Love has said, each victory is “a victory for all of us.” calvin deutschbein is a North Carolina-based education worker and member of Workers World Party-Durham. In late 2019, hired by Elon University as an adjunct in Computer Science, calvin joined the Elon Faculty Union Organizing Committee, supported student organizing efforts, and participated in county-level campaigns against policing and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, voter suppression and Confederate monuments.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more